First Price awarded to Adam international competition 2009

“He’s a cellist to watch, because he has his own style of performance, a high level of imagination, and a combination of elegance and drive.”
Strad Magazine


Sebastien Hurtaud was born in La Rochelle in a musical family with his brother tenor and her sister pianist. Sebastian made his debut as a soloist at the age of 12 in the Saint-Saëns cello Concerto with the La Rochelle Philarmonic Orchestra. It also performed at 15 years under the direction of Sergiu Cellibidache Schola Cantorum orchestra in Paris. The American Journal "Fanfare Magazine" wrote about him, "the soul of a Rostropovich and the technich of a Feuermann". The "Strad Magazine" wrote: « He is a cellist to follow because he has his own style, a lot of imagination always at the service of elegance and musical direction (…), the Herald Fielding wrote "Sebastien Hurtaud a musician born « master of the cello »! After his final Concert Diploma First prize awarded at the Paris National Conservatoire and Paris Schola Cantorum in the class of Erwan Fauré and Jean-Marie Gamard, Sébastien went to study with two russians world well-known professor and concertist: the Armenian-Russian cellist Karine Georgian at the Musikhochschule in Detmold and the Royal Northen College of Music and to study chamber music in the cello sonata repertoire with Réna Shereshevskaya at Colmar Conservatoire.

Sebastian Hurtaud is the first French cellist to have been awarded 1st Prize in the « Adam intenational cello competition (led by the late Alexander Ivashkin) in New-Zeland , also winner of the competition Naumburg Foundation in New York in 2008 and Aldo Parisot International competition in South Korea in 2007. Sébastien has already performed with prestigious orchestras under the direction of Werner Andreas Albert with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Antoni Wit with New-Zealand Symphony Orchestra for a national concert tour in New Zealand, Arie Van Beck, Edmon Colomer Pieter-Jelle Deboer with the Orchestre de Picardie during an artistic residency for three years as a soloist, Mauricio Galindo with the Sao Paulo Orchestra in Brazil, Paul Philips in Dallas Texas with the Meadows symphony orchestra, David Robertson with Inter-Contemporain orchestra in Paris, Stéphane Cardon with Douai Symphony Orchestra, Christophe Mangou with the Chamber Orchestra of Ile de France, Patricia Kieffer with the Chamber Orchestra of La Rochelle, Zsolt Naguy with the Orchestra of the Conservatoire Laureat series, Julian Reynolds and Mark Wigglesworth with the National Orchestra Demunt in Brussels Jean-Yves Ossonce Tours with orchestra, etc ... and many others orchestras.

Sébastien Hurtaud is claimed in prestigious international venues and festivals: Salle Cortot, Théâtre Mogador, Rhin National Opera,Haden Freeman Concert Hall in Manchester, New York Metropolitan Museum, Dallas Caruth Concert Hall, Town Hall Christchurch, Icho Hall in Tokyo and many others. He appears regularly in many Festivals: Deauville, Flaine, Musicalta, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Saint Jean-Cap ferras, "Musical Salon" of Belfort, "Brahms" in Manchester, "Adam" in New Zealand, Beauvais, Nashville and Charlotte in the series "Charles Wadsworth and Friends","Cello Fest" Fort Worth , "Festival Music in D Major" St Maurice, Epoisse, Festival of Pouy-sur-Vannes, Salon Festival Provence, "Classique au Vert",international festival of Laon, International Vexin Festival, Montplacé Festival, « Rencontres internationales des Graves »in Bordeaux, and many others ... During a meeting with M.Rostropovich the Maestro encourage Sébastien to create the new cello concertos and sonata of « tomorrow ». Sebastien Hurtaud has already created : « Pas de deux » by Youli Galperine for cello and piano, Jonathan Grimbert-Barre cello solo sonata, Thomas Schwan cello sonata, Simon Sargon cello sonata and in December 2015 Lucas Debargue cello Sonata at Dom-Musiki in Moscow. IN 2016-17 Sebastien Hurtaud will world create the first cello concerto composed by Gareth Farr with the NZSO in Aukland and Wellington then in France at Mulhouse and Laon Festival with Mulhouse Philarmonic orchestra. Sebastien Hurtaud was appointed artistic director in January 2015 of the concert series "The musical seasons in D Major" in La Rochelle and Ile de Ré. His first recording devoted to the composer Paul Hindemith released in 2014 with pianist Pamela Hurtado for the Naxos label received recognition from the international press. Sébastien Hurtaud will record a live CD dedicated to the « Russian composers » in the new hall of the concert season Salle Colonne in July 2016. Sebastien Hurtaud is performing on stage with a cello made by the instrumentmaker Yair Hod Fainas.

Contact Me

French address
Paris Vigneux sur Seine
Tel: 0033 608 770 738

American address
Dallas Tx
6050 Milton Street apt 1119
752206 Dallas Tx

Skype: sebcello2079
Email: sebastienhurtaud@hotmail.com


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